A Total War Saga: TROY FAQ
A Total War Saga: TROY will reconstruct one of the greatest stories ever told. Inspired by Homer’s Iliad, TROY will let you forge a heroic legacy in the late Bronze Age, the furthest back in time the Total War franchise has ever travelled.
Homer’s Iliad is rich with myth, legends, gods and monsters. TROY casts these stories through a historical lens to consider what might have really happened but ultimately lets you decide which heroes will fall in battle and which will be immortalised in legend.
In TROY, the fate of Aegean civilisation will be in your hands – each choice you make will shape the lands from the mythical heights of Mount Olympus to the arid deserts of Lemnos. Experience history as it might have happened or shape the legend for yourself in this unique chapter of Total War.
The battlefields will tremble under the feet of renowned warriors like Achilles and Hector but it will take more than brute force alone to lay claim to the legendary city of Troy. You will need to deftly manage a barter economy, conduct diplomacy among friends and foes, and curry the very favour of the Gods themselves before etching your name in the annals of history.
RELEASE AND PURCHASE
When will A Total War Saga: TROY be released?
A Total War Saga: TROY will be released on the Epic Games Store on the 13th of August 2020 – add it to your wishlist here. You can also sign up to Total War Access and opt in to receive our newsletter to save the date.
TROY will also be released on Steam in Summer 2021.
Will A Total War Saga: TROY be available from other online retailers?
A Total War Saga: TROY will available via the Epic Games Store from the 13th of August 2020 and later on Steam in summer 2021.
Currently we are only planning on releasing TROY on these platforms.
Is A Total War Saga: TROY really free?
Yes, but only if you claim it in the first 24 hours after release on the 13th of August 2020!
How do I claim my free copy of A Total War Saga: TROY?
Visit the Epic Games Store at release and pick up your copy here.
If I own A Total War Saga: TROY on Epic, will I need to rebuy it in order to play it on Steam?
If you specifically want to own and play A Total War Saga: TROY on Steam, you will need to buy it on the corresponding platform, so make sure you grab it for free on the Epic Games Store while you can!
Why did you decide to release A Total War Saga: TROY on the Epic Games Store?
For a detailed breakdown on the details of Epic exclusivity, check out our blog.
Will any other releases be Epic Games Store exclusives?
We currently have no plans for any future games to be Epic exclusives. We do want to be more platform agnostic moving forward (this decision is part of that), and we would like future games to be available on the Epic Games Store, but that’s in addition to being available on other platforms such as Steam.
Will cross-platform play be supported?
We’re currently planning to implement cross-platform support in time for TROY’s launch on Steam.
Will Denuvo or similar digital rights management (DRM) software be implemented via the Epic Games Store?
Yes, we are planning on using Denuvo for DRM purposes.
Will modding be supported on Epic?
TROY, like any other modern Total War game, utilises pack files within its data directory. As such it can be modded just like other games in the franchise, such as Total War: WARHAMMER.
However, upon release it will not have support for the hosting and distribution of mods and associated tools. This is very similar to our current approach on Steam, where official mod support lands one month after launch.
Please rest assured that our aspiration is to ensure Troy has parity with other modern Total War games with regards to mod support, and we are working on delivering this as soon as possible. We are actively working with Epic in order to support this feature moving forwards.
ABOUT THE GAME
What is a Total War Saga title?
Total War Saga titles take the grand strategy and real-time battles of a core Total War game and channel them into an intense flashpoint of history, letting you experience and ultimately determine the outcome of pivotal moments in history when the future of entire nations hung in the balance.
Having all the depth, features, and mechanics of a major era Total War game, Total War Saga titles offer a comparable number of factions, heroes, and settlements to their core counterparts as well as hundreds of hours of gameplay potential.
Total War Saga titles are our chance to think differently in our designs, often leading to new ideas, mechanics, and perspectives that go on to influence future era titles.
For more information on different types of Total War title, check out the relevant section of our FAQ.
Why did you choose TROY?
TROY is a totally new period for Total War and is the furthest back we’ve ever gone in history. Unlike our major era Total War Games, our Total War Saga titles tend to focus on key flashpoints in history, often within a singular culture, meaning the 20-year war Trojan War is the perfect fit.
This period is also one of the most distinguished and mysterious within human history due to it being rich in myth, legend, heroes and monsters, allowing us to explore a plethora of new ideas for our fans to experience.
How did you go about your research to this period?
Given that the Trojan War period is steeped in mystery, we took a unique approach to our research methodologies, using both mythological sources such as Homer’s Iliad as well as historical data such as archaeological recordings and expert materials on the Bronze Age Collapse. This merging of source material not only gives us a more accurate representation of what the period most likely resembled, but also provided us with our core “truth behind the myth” design pillar.
Why did you decide upon the myth versus legend approach?
The events surrounding the Trojan war are steeped in legend, with mythological creatures, superhuman heroes and the intervention of Gods all descending on this cataclysmic conflict. However, little is precisely known about the real-world events that occurred during the late Bronze Age, with many of its kings, queens, and artefacts lost to the annals of history.
As a result, examining the truth behind the myth of Homer’s Iliad has become a key design pillar for A Total War Saga: TROY as it bonds these two sources together in an attempt to reveal the truth that might have inspired the legendary accounts of this era.
Will there be any mythical creatures?
Our truth behind the myth approach has allowed us to include some of mythology’s most renowned monsters as historical representations of what their true form may have been. A prime example of this is the legendary Minotaur, who instead of being a beast is a hulking man clad in stinking hides and wearing the skull of a bull.
What role do the gods play?
The Greek gods of TROY influence the game in similar ways to their Homeric counterparts. Rather than directly intervening on the battlefield, however, their influence spans their entire faction, touching on units, heroes, and provincial management.
Gaining favour with the different gods might require players to invest time or sacrifice resources, but it also provides various benefits as the game progresses. Praying to Poseidon can temporarily remove deep sea attrition, whereas following Aphrodite improves diplomatic relations and population growth. Athena provides bonuses in battle for spearmen and higher ranks for new heroes (among other things). Ultimately, at the highest level each cult unlocks a unique mythical unit or epic agent to recruit in the campaign.
Players will have the ability to worship several gods at once, but this will weigh heavily on their treasury as keeping the favour up requires constant attention and spending on grand hecatombs, building temples, and performing expensive rituals. On the other hand, having gods in the Neglected state might incur their wrath (or that of their priesthood) in the form of incidents and demoralizing ill omens.
Will there be naval battles?
There is little documentation of Bronze Age naval warfare – but we know how important it is to our players. As a result, we’ve used Total War: WARHAMMER II – Curse of the Vampire Coast as our main inspiration for the naval combat in TROY, which uses island battles as an alternative. Additionally, Poseidon will, of course, also play a major role in these battles.
Will there be any duelling mechanics like in Total War: THREE KINGDOMS?
A Total War Saga: TROY has its own unique take on hero versus hero combat which ensures that these colossal faceoffs are spectacles worthy of the Olympian gods. Units close to two fighting heroes will always recognize their superiority and will give them room, creating a circular battle area around them that prevents other units from intervening in the duel. Some heroes also have a Divine Challenge ability, which is an active battle ability that taunts opposing characters into one-on-one combat.
Which famous heroes will feature in A Total War Saga: TROY?
The Iliad features a multitude of history’s most iconic legendary heroes, with their feats still regularly referenced centuries after their demise. As a result, we’ve included eight of the most prominent champions from both sides of the conflict, such as the Greek champion Achilles, and the Prince of Troy Hector.
What is Amazons?
Amazons is a DLC for A Total War Saga: TROY that will also come out in September 2020 – what’s more you can grab Amazons entirely for FREE if you’re a Total War Access account holder.
To claim this offer, you’ll need to link your Access and Epic Games Store accounts which you can do now if you like! To link your account, follow these steps:
- Log in to your Total War Access account here
- Click on My Account in the upper navigation bar
- Click on the Epic Connect logo and log in with your Epic account credentials
- Grant permission to connect Access to your Epic account
- “Account Connected” will be displayed in My Account screen
- When Amazons DLC is made available, follow instructions from the in-game menu to claim
Once I connect my account, will the Amazons automatically appear in my account? Not quite! After you connect your accounts you will still need to collect your code from the Access dashboard and redeem the product from the Epic Store’s web page or launcher.
What if I wait until September to link my account? If you’d rather wait, not to worry – you will be able to link your account at launch of the Amazons DLC and even during the promotion (exact start/end dates TBC). This can be done via Total War Access with the URL above as well as from in the game.
How will the economy work in TROY?
A Total War Saga: TROY introduces a completely new multiple resource economy which reflects the Bronze Age setting. This economic system is a Total War first and reflects the advancing pre-monetary barter economy which was galvanized due to the growing influence of trade and international relations within the region.
The five different resources that are the building blocks of your empire are food, wood, stone, bronze, and gold – all of which can be found within different regions to varying degrees of scarcity. Food and wood are used to recruit early game units and construct simple buildings, but as the campaign progresses more formidable structures will require stone, and higher tier units will require bronze. Gold is the master resource, and is vital for trade due to its universal rarity.
What can you tell us about A Total War Saga: TROY’s visual style?
With stunning visuals and a romanticised art style, TROY embodies an age of legend. You’ll see this echoed throughout the campaign overview and user interface, which blends the Hellenic artistry of the Iliad with a real-world representation of the Bronze Age Mediterranean.
Is there a Trojan horse?
The Trojan horse will have a major role to play within the TROY campaign. However, it will be portrayed in line with the theories surrounding its real-world representation rather than its equine-shaped portrayal in the Iliad. The Trojan horse mechanic will appear in the campaign at specific moments, and can provide significant bonuses to players should it be acted upon quickly enough.
What role will diplomacy play?
As with all Total War games, diplomacy will play a key part in A Total War Saga: TROY. TROY’s diplomacy system builds on what we’ve learned from Total War: THREE KINGDOMS, allowing you to keep your allies sweet, your enemies in their place, and change the entire course of the Trojan war should you choose to. We’ll also be introducing plenty of new diplomatic features which are unique to TROY – watch this space for more information as we release it.